Michelle Landry warns ABC to keep Rocky jobs

CAPRICORNIA MP Michelle Landry has warned ABC management in Sydney and Brisbane to keep their hands off local radio services in Rockhampton and Mackay.

She said the call followed a decision by the ABC's capital-city based bosses to axe news and program services in Townsville.

"The ABC is well resourced as a national corporation and should not be targeting important regional services like local news and radio programs in regional Queensland.

"Management's decision to slash services in Townville is an appalling reflection on their attitude towards people in the bush," Ms Landry (pictured) said.

"I would be bitterly disappointed if ABC fat cats - earning six-figure salaries - continued their slash and burn attitude down the Queensland coast. In particular, I warn them to keep their hands off ABC services in Rockhampton and Mackay."

Ms Landry said the ABC was one of the nation's largest media corporations.

The ABC said there would be no redundancies as a result of the change.

"The 2016 schedule improvements are solely based on meeting audience expectations," regional director Fiona Reynolds told ABC staff.

In 2014, the Federal Government slashed the ABC's budget by $250 million.

The five-year cost cutting program resulted in the closure of the Bush Telegraph program, some regional reporting hubs have been shut and the production studios in South Australia are gone.

However, the ABC did create 50 new jobs in its new regional division.

ABC managing director Mark Scott said during a speech in Melbourne a few weeks ago that the ABC needed a cash injection if it was to provide better services across regional Australia.



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